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Overall Rating
3.61

Awesome: 30.43%
Worth A Look: 21.74%
Average34.78%
Pretty Bad: 4.35%
Total Crap: 8.7%

1 review, 17 user ratings


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Miracle at Moreaux
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by Charles Tatum

"Swit and Tears"
3 stars

Loretta Swit fights Nazis and typecasting in this mild family film.

Swit is Sister Gabrielle, a nun running a school for children in the French countryside. The kids are not orphans, but their parents have sent them to the school to escape the bombings. Three Jewish children are being lead to the Spanish border when their guide breaks into the school to steal food. He is caught by some visiting Nazi soldiers and killed, and Sister Gabrielle pretends the one lone child she does find, Anna (Marsha Moreau), is one of her students. Anna's brother Daniel (Robert Kosoy) and friend Sabine (Talya Rubin) come out of hiding and are given sanctuary in the school.

The students don't know what to make of the mysterious trio, especially Dominique (Carla Napier), who repeats the Nazi rumors she has heard about Jews and their religion. The villains are a sympathetic Sergeant Schlimmer (Ken Pogue), who misses his own daughter, and the young Major Braun (Robert Joy), who knows the children are at the school.

The children must be at a certain spot in order to be led across the border, and Sister Gabrielle and the other kids come up with a plan involving doubles and the upcoming Christmas pageant.

"Miracle at Moreaux" is touted as a "family feature film," but only runs fifty-eight minutes. It was shot for the PBS series "Wonderworks," and it is obviously made for children in mind. There is nothing here that would be too upsetting, except hearing about the fate of Sabine's family.

What is here, however, is rather mild. This was shot in Canada, and the cast is tiny. The school, the surrounding woods, and the Nazi office are the only settings. Without any sort of edge and very little threat, the final escape sequence is almost too easy. I am not sure if this was based on a true story, but read the wordy writing credits that show up onscreen: Written by Paul Shapiro and Jeffrey Cohen/ Based on a teleplay by Bob Carney/ From a script by Ellen Schecter/ Adapted from the book "Twenty and Ten" Written by Claire Huchet Bishop Illustrated by William Pene du Bois". Not enough makes it to the screen for so many hands in the creation.

"Miracle at Moreaux" is a very mild little effort full of mild little performances. It is not bad, it is not uplifting, it merely sits there, much like the video on my local library's shelf.

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originally posted: 11/07/03 02:22:22
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User Comments

4/23/15 Shinko wow just wow 5 stars
12/28/09 sean cheney terrible 1 stars
7/21/09 JJ wow... i cried when Sabine lost her parents 3 stars
6/02/09 L. watched this for class assignment and it dont even make sence 1 stars
11/25/08 pondcannon098 love the movie and you jaimie are just a weird fan 4 stars
8/24/08 Jaimie Pulda Talya if you can read this i want you to know that you're my fan, wish you could see this 5 stars
8/11/08 Benny Love the movie and what's up with Talya, she's got a lot of fans 4 stars
7/26/08 Arid Lian Gee is everyone a Talya Rubin fan? I love this movie 5 stars
7/10/08 Author10 Justin timberlake song "My Love" reminds me of this and Talya 5 stars
7/05/08 Jaimie pulda I want to get this movie and i still want to see Talya Rubin, she's awesome 5 stars
2/24/08 Steve Predictable yet touching 4 stars
12/16/07 Jaimie Pulda I want to see Talya Rubin 5 stars
12/18/06 Harry Wonderful film for classroom use for holiday/prejudice/misconception studies. 5 stars
10/28/05 Meme Beautiful! Watched it many times 4 stars
7/08/04 Dean Zona I thought the movie was very intense and compelling. 4 stars
12/09/03 Shivi Kalsi SUX 2 stars
11/22/03 Charles Tatum Average 3 stars
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USA
  02-Feb-1986 (NR)
  DVD: 30-Sep-2003

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Directed by
  Paul Shapiro

Written by
  Paul Shapiro
  Jeffrey Cohen

Cast
  Loretta Swit
  Robert Joy
  Ken Pogue
  Robert Kosoy
  Marsha Moreau
  Talya Rubin



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